State Policies Regarding Undocumented College Students: A Narrative of Unresolved Issues, Ongoing Debate and Missed Opportunities
Similar to the broader discussion about immigration reform in the United States, there is far from any consensus regarding federal and state policies pertaining to undocumented college students. Yet, it is in both statesí and the national interest to implement sound policy that addresses the postsecondary aspirations among the more than 11 million unauthorized immigrants residing in the U.S.
This policy brief discusses key elements and legal paradoxes that comprise the debate over undocumented student policies at the federal and state levels, especially as they pertain to college admissions and in-state tuition rates. Recent actions taken by states are discussed, as are the arguments for and against such measures. A review of court challenges to state laws offering in-state tuition to undocumented students is also provided.
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